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File template variables

A file template can contain variables, which are replaced by their values when the template is applied. A variable is a string that starts with a dollar sign $ followed by the variable name. The variable name may optionally be enclosed in curly braces. For example: $MyVariable and ${MyVariable} are different notations of the same variable.

Variable in a file template

Predefined template variables

The following predefined variables can be used in file templates:

${CALL_SUPER}Base function call signature during the override generation
${DATE}Current system date
${DAY}Current day of the month
${DEFAULT_RETURN_VALUE}Default return value of the function
${DIR_PATH} Path to the directory of the new file (relative to the project root)
${DS}Dollar sign $. This variable is used to escape the dollar character, so that it is not treated as a prefix of a template variable.
${FILE_NAME}Name of the new C or C++ file
${HEADER_COMMENTS}Always returns true and is used for testing purposes
${HEADER_FILENAME}Name of the header file generated for a class or a source file
${HOUR}Current hour
${INCLUDE_GUARD}Prevents repeated include of a particular header file
${MINUTE}Current minute
${SECOND}Current second
${MONTH}Current month
${MONTH_NAME_FULL}Full name of the current month (January, February, and so on)
${MONTH_NAME_SHORT}First three letters of the current month name (Jan, Feb, and so on)
${NAME}Name of the new entity (file, class, interface, and so on)
${NAMESPACE_CLOSE}End of a namespace block created during refactoring
${NAMESPACE_OPEN}Beginning of a namespace block created during refactoring
${PRODUCT_NAME}Name of the IDE (for example, CLion)
${PROJECT_NAME}Name of the current project
${RETURN_TYPE}Type of the function's return value (used for generating new functions)
${SUIT_NAME}Google test suite name
${TEST_NAME}Google test name
${TIME}Current system time
${USER}Login name of the current user (all platforms)

For Windows and Linux: login name of the current user

For macOS: registered full name of the user

${YEAR}Current year

Custom template variables

Besides predefined template variables, it is possible to specify custom variables. If necessary, you can define the values of custom variables right in the template using the #set directive.

For example, if you want to use your full name instead of your login name defined through the predefined variable ${USER}, use the following construct:

#set( $MyName = "John Smith" )

If the value of a variable is not defined in the template, CLion will ask you to specify it when the template is applied.

Last modified: 24 March 2021